5 Benefits of Collaborating with a Design-Build Firm for Your Project

Are you considering embarking on a construction or renovation project? The path you choose can greatly influence the outcome, timelines, and overall experience of the project.

Design-build firms, like Bush Construction based in Davenport, Iowa, bring together both designers and builders under one roof streamlining the entire process from conception to completion. (Need a developer? Bush does that too! Learn more.)

In this article, we’ll explore five compelling benefits of working with a design-build firm for your next project.

1. Seamless Integration of Design and Construction:

One of the standout advantages of a design-build firm is the seamless integration of the design and construction phases. Traditional project delivery methods often involve separate contracts for designers and builders, which can lead to communication gaps and potential conflicts.

Bush Construction has two in-house licensed architects, a full-time design project manager, a full-time designer, and of course, a highly experienced construction team. These in-house resources allow for more efficient problem-solving, fewer change orders, and a smoother overall project flow.

2. Enhanced Communication and Collaboration:

Clear communication between all project stakeholders is vital for project success. The design-build model fosters open lines of communication from day one. Think of it this way…when the design and construction teams need to talk, they walk across the aisle, instead of driving across town or playing a game of phone tag with another company. This collaborative environment encourages shared insights, early identification of potential issues, and joint decision-making. As a result, you’re less likely to encounter misunderstandings, delays, or cost overruns due to miscommunication.

3. Streamlined Project Timeline:

We know time is of the essence when it comes to your project which is why Bush so firmly believes in its design-build method. Traditional project delivery methods, such as design-bid-build, can result in elongated timelines as each phase relies on the completion of the previous one. Design-build firms, on the other hand, can significantly expedite the process. Since the design and construction teams work concurrently, construction can often begin before the entire design is finalized. This overlap translates to quicker project completion and earlier occupancy.

4. Cost-Effective Solutions:

Design-build firms are well-positioned to deliver cost-effective solutions. With a shared
understanding of the project’s budget and constraints, designers and builders collaborate to find innovative ways to meet aesthetic, functional, and financial goals. Bush Construction are big believers in function-first, working together as a design-build team to ensure the design isn’t over the top or vice versa, too restrained. Early collaboration between our design and construction teams, and a shared understanding of the owner’s needs, allows for real-time cost assessments, reducing the likelihood of expensive design changes later in the project.

5. Single Point of Accountability:

One of the most significant advantages of working with a design-build firm is having a single point of accountability. Instead of juggling multiple contracts and responsibilities, you have one entity responsible for the entire project. This simplifies project management, reduces administrative burdens, and makes it easier to address any concerns or changes that may arise during construction. Ultimately, this single point of contact provides you with peace of mind and confidence throughout the project.

Collaborating with Bush Construction’s design-build team offers a multitude of benefits that
contribute to a more efficient, cost-effective, and harmonious construction or renovation
experience. From the seamless integration of design and construction to streamlined timelines and enhanced communication, the advantages are clear. If you’re seeking a holistic approach that emphasizes collaboration and delivers successful results, the Bush Construction design-build approach might just be the perfect fit for your next project.

Explore a few of Bush’s design-build projects here:
•  Midwest Medical Clinic (Healthcare)
•  Pour Bros. Craft Taproom (Commercial)
•  Will Hall and Law Building (Historic Renovation)

An affiliate of the McCarthy-Bush Corporation, Bush Construction is a commercial construction company offering an integrated approach to construction management, design-build, general contractor, pre-construction, development, and design services. The Bush Construction team has managed a wide range of commercial, industrial, government, educational, health care, office, multi-family, hospitality, and historical restoration projects in the Quad Cities, throughout the Midwest, and in Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.bushconstruct.com.

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